NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team cruised by the Smith College Pioneers, 16-6, on Wednesday in the opening New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup of the season.
Wheaton advances to 4-5 on the season and 1-0 in NEWMAC play, the Pioneers fall to 4-4 (0-1 NEWMAC).
Senior Jenna Tewksbury was one of the big proponents in the win when she began the scoring crusade in the first half with a goal at 26:13 to get the Lyons on the board. Tewksbury went on to score three more goals in the half with senior Brooke Sabol, senior Allie Bush, sophomore Katie Peters and junior Angela Mallis tallying marks of their own to give Wheaton the 10-point lead.
Smith offered their only goal of the half from Julia Hamilton who found an opening in the net at 10:50.
Entering the second half, Hamilton tried to chip away at Wheaton's lead when she found another opportunity to net in a goal, making it 11-2. The Lyons immediately jumped back on the offensive train with additional goals from Sabol and Peters. The Pioneers made a small rally effort in the middle of the second half when they pushed through four unanswered goals, including sealing a hat trick for Hamilton.
But Smith's scoring would be put to an end there as Sabol and Peters went on to register one more goal apiece to close out the game, 16-6.
Sophomore goalkeeper Molly Witten collected the win and moves to 3-5 overall, making two saves.
All of Wheaton's scorers tallied multiple goals from Tewksbury (four), Peters (four), Sabol (four), Bush (two) and Mallis (two). The Lyons held the 36-29 advantage on ground balls and 14-8 advantage on draw controls.
The Lyons return to action on Saturday when they host fellow NEWMAC team, the Coast Guard Bears (2-6, 0-1 NEWMAC) with game time scheduled for 1 p.m.